Board of Zoning Appeals 04/15/2019

The Charlestown Board of Zoning Appeals met on April 15, 2019 at 7:30 pm. Following is a summary and full audio (19:22) of the meeting: 

  1. Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance 
  2. Determination of a Quorum and Roll Call – Members present were Darrell Stidham, Danny Oakley, Barry Early, Zach Payne and Paul Collier
  3. Approval of Prior Meeting’s Minutes
    • Motion to Approve made by Barry Early
    • Seconded by John Collier
    • Unanimous approval
  4. New Business
    • ARC – Renaissance Park
      • Jason Sams addressed the Board on behalf of ARC. He is asking for ten variances associated with the development plan.
        • Variance 1 – Requests an allowance for the building to increase in height from 39 feet to 40 feet to allow for mechanicals to fit inside the building on the large three story structure on the corner of Main and Market
        • Variance 2 – Requests an allowance to decrease the road setback from 12 ft to zero so that the building is up against Market street. There will be a sidewalk and the building will come up to the sidewalk.
        • Variance 3 – Requests an allowance for a reduction in the amount of required open space for lot 2 (commercial lot) fro 15% to 0%. 
        • Variance 4 – Requests an allowance for parking on Main and High streets and along Green Ally. This would be perpendicular, nose-in parking.
        • Variance 5 – Requests an allowance for parking along/within the front yard of Main Street.
        • Variance 6 – Requests an allowance for relief on landscaping island requirement – a reduction of the required landscaping for the three story building and on the commercial building
        • Variance 7 – Requests an allowance for relief on required parking spaces and asks that the number be decreased from 103 to 68.
        • Variance 8 – Requests an allowance for relief on required parking spaces and asks that the number be decreased from 43 to 37. 
        • Variance 9 – Requests an allowance to decrease the size of parking spaces from 10×25 to 9×18
        • Variance 10 – Requests an allowance to allow a loading and unloading zone along Green Alley during non-peak visiting times
      • Motion to approve all variances made by Paul Collier
      • Seconded by Barry Early
      • Unanimous approval
    • Sunoco – RobinMart
      • Narayan Guatam, owner of the Sunoco appeared before the board to request a variance for a new building to fit in his lot size. The change will be from a building that faces Market to a building that faces High Street.
        • Variance 1 – The city requires a two-story building and Mr. Guatam wants a single story building. (IDEM does not allow a second story on a gas station.) He wants to add two more pumps for a total of four. Mr. Stidham asked if he needs to add another tank for those pumps and Mr. Guatam said he already has enough tanks.
        • Variance 2 – The design of the lot is small. He requests a variance from the requirement that 70% of the building face Market. He needs a variance from that requirement to have the building face High Street. In the 12-ft setback off of Market he plans to put a bistro seating area there.
        • Danny Oakley asked if the façade on the side of the building facing Market Street will be historic brick look. Mr. Guatam said that the building will be smooth faced concrete block.
        • Motion to approve variances made by Paul Collier
        • Second was made but speaker was unclear
        • Unaimous approval
      • Adjournment
        • Motion to adjourn made by Zach Payne
        • Second was made by speaker was unclear
        • Unanimous approval 

Audio:

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Author: Treva Hodges

Resident of Charlestown, Indiana. Advocate.

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